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Michael Nevins, CEO of EverLast®/Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. Selected as Winner for Michigan!


March 25th, 2014 – Michael Nevins, CEO of Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. and EverLast Lighting, Inc. in Jackson, has been named the Michigan Small Business Person of the Year, to represent the State of Michigan nationally.  

The SBA Michigan District Office has selected Nevins for his leadership in the manufacturing and energy efficiency industry and for his contributions to the local, state, and national economy. Nevins will receive his award at the 10th Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 6th at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. 

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year. While in Washington, the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders.

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UltraLux LED Releases Explosion Proof Canopy LED Fixture for Hazardous Location Markets!

ULLED-EPCMarch 12th, 2014 –UltraLux LED, an EverLast® Lighting, Inc. brand, the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting solutions for roadway, parking structure, facility and area lighting applications launched its highly anticipated LED line earlier this month. “One of the first explosion proof LED fixtures to come to market, the UltraLux LED canopy fixture boasts a Class I & II, Div. II rating and is ideal for most hazardous locations,” commented Alex Orr, VP of Sales at EverLast® Lighting, Inc.

The explosion proof canopy fixture can be used in applications such as cold storage, food and beverage facilities, petroleum and chemical based facilities, car washes, parking structures, and alternative hazardous locations.

“The largest advantage that the ULLED has is that it has the ability to be installed in a wide variety of applications ranging from stairwells and parking garages to hazardous locations; including petrochemical, granaries, and pulp and paper mills,” explained Orr.

The LED explosion proof fixture comes in 42 and 60 watt versions, and qualifies as a Class I, Division 2 with Groups A through D fixture. It also listed as Class II, Division 2 with Groups F, and G. ETL listed to UL standards UL 844, CSA C22.2 No. 137-M1981, and UL 1598 & CSA C22.2 No. 250.0-08. The housing features a closed cell silicone gasket with built in heat sink fins that helps keep the fixture running at optimum temperatures providing an ingress protection rating of sixty-six.

“The hazardous fixture has a polycarbonate lens that is used to reduce glare of the fixture, and also can withstand force. The lens is ribbed for added ruggedness, and also prismatic for optimal distribution and diffusion,” explained Ralph Hubbs, Senior Design Engineer at EverLast® Lighting, Inc. “It features a cast aluminum housing equipped with a knockout option on each end and top center of housing for easy wiring options.”

UltraLux LED light fixtures are 60% more energy efficient than metal halides and last up to 50,000 hours, making them virtually maintenance free for years. The explosion proof canopy fixtures provide a clean, white light due to the high CCT of the 5000 kelvin LEDs. The fixtures also feature instant on/off operation that is critical in most hazardous locations.

The 2’ linear platform fixture is also available in a standard option boasting either an acrylic, polycarbonate, or glass lens and varies in wattage up to 100.

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What are the benefits of Induction technology compared to LEDs?

January 9th, 2014 - Induction light fixtures offer a virtually maintenance free 100,000 hour lamp life with a 2-4 year return on investment, making induction technology an extremely energy-efficient and cost-effective lighting solution. Federal, state, and local tax incentives are currently being offered to offset the cost of implementing energy-efficient lighting.

As induction lighting solutions boast 100,000 hour lamp life versus the 50,000 lamp life of an LED, induction technology also offers considerably lower luminaire prices making induction the superior choice for most high illuminance lighting applications. Induction luminaires can also be easily re-lamped while many LED fixtures do not have easily replaceable modules.

As induction technology also has much better lumen maintenance over the lifetime of the fixture; induction lighting solutions do not have the harsh glare of directional LED light sources because of their spherical light source and visually comfortable color rendering typically ranging between 2700 to 6000K lamps. White light LEDs are in the objectionable higher range emitting excessive blue light.

In addition, LED fixtures do not have the capability to reduce glare unless they have an optic solution or a diffuser and even if an LED fixture did, the diffuser would decrease the efficiency of the fixture.

Induction lighting fixtures are also available with a dimmable option, providing even more energy savings while areas are vacant providing maximum energy savings over the life of the fixture.  Induction technology boasts lowest total cost of ownership over LED, T8, HPS, and HID lighting solutions, and in some cases, offering nearly 70% more delivered lumens than competing technologies resulting in greater savings, and 50% lower glare than LEDs.




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EverLast® and maintenance savings with the U.S. Military!

Maintenance and the Military

The US military is the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and Fort Drum is one of the largest military bases in the world, occupying over 108,000 acres in New York, where it supports 80,000 troops. Recognizing that improving their lighting efficiency would decrease their total energy consumption, they decided to replace all the existing lights, which included metal halide, mercury vapor, and HPS.

                After considering LEDs, officials at the base chose induction lights from EverLast Lighting, Inc. in Jackson, MI, because of their long life, performance, sustainability, and ROI. American made Bi-level Cobra Head fixtures were selected for their 100,000-hour lamp life and high efficiency, features that made them a cost-effective solution. Bryan Schultz, regional sales manager for the West Coast, says 2,000-3,000 were installed. A conservative estimate of energy savings topped $250,000 and a 50-60% decrease in energy usage.

                The benefits of induction lighting include long life and energy savings, says Schultz. “You can reduce wattage by 50% and keep the same light output.” Essentially, a fluorescent lamp without electrodes, the patented lamp from EverLast, relies on the fundamental principles of gas discharge and electromagnetic induction to produce light. This allows the system to last longer than incandescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), or typical fluorescent lamps.

                It provides a “good spread of light” for roadways that extends behind and beside a fixture for a broad throw, Schultz states. This allows for greater spacing between fixtures (from the typical 60-80 feet, to 120 feet), providing additional savings. Further savings can be achieved through a motion sensor that dims lights to 40% power when no one is present. “It cuts energy an additional 30%, on top of the 50% savings of induction,” calculates Schultz.

                Induction lights deliver good color rendition and produce instant-on light at full brightness, as opposed to a five-minute warm-up for HIDs. In addition, Schultz notes, there are “no glare issues like with LEDs. Tesla invented this in the late 1800s; we perfected it in the 2000s.”

                An energy audit revealed that “a good percentage” of the energy bill at the University of California Davis was lighting. EverLast installed “thousands of fixtures” on campus in 2008-09, including in a six-level parking garage and a decorative walkway, as well as security lights. “The payback was about 1-3/4 years,” estimates Schultz.

He admits that induction lighting incurs a 30-50% higher cost up front, but explains that maintenance savings can quickly become that disadvantage.  "Customers are looking for energy savings and better quality light.  They come for the energy savings; they stay for reduced maintenance."

This article was taken from Business Energy's November issue.



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EverLast heads to Philadelphia for GreenBuild!

GreenBuild Essentials PicsNovember 14th - November 19th through the 20thof next week we will be at the GreenBuild trade show at booth #2249 in Philadelphia, PA.  Deb Preston, Commercial Sales Representative, will be in attendance with Kyle Leighton, PR Director, to field any questions and connect you to EverLast!

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious.

Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

Be sure to stop by booth #2249 to connect with us if you're at the show!

For more information, follow us on Twitter @everlastlight or connect with us on Facebook as well!




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